Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Health Courts Webcast

OK, I'm a slug. The kind folks at Common Good have been quietly sending me e-mails to remind me that they have organized a conference about health courts tomorrow November 8th --- and I have continually forgotten to put a note about it on this blog. Well, let me make amends, because they have informed me that there will be a webcast of this event:

Common Good and the Harvard School of Public Health will be webcasting their upcoming event, Health Courts and Administrative Compensation: Opportunities for Safety Enhancement.

Speakers at the event include: Harvard School of Public Health Professors David Studdert and Michelle Mello, Dr. Dennis O'Leary, President of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Massachusetts State Senator Robert O'Leary. These speakers and others will discuss how an administrative approach to injury compensation could enhance safety and quality, as well as legal and policy issues likely to be raised by proposed demonstration projects. The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 8th. Access the webcast and more information here .

P.S. – For anyone in the DC area, there is still space available to attend the event in person.
Needless to say, given today's medicolegal climate, I believe that health courts may turn out to be the best possible way to climb out of our current malpractice sinkhole. I think that anyone who is interested in this option would be well served to look into this webcast, which will be available at the same link for a month following the conference.